Seedsman Frank Miklozek discusses what factors to consider when determining harvest timing for soybeans and corn.
What factors do you consider when determining harvest timing for soybeans and corn?
Determining which moisture to harvest at with corn and soybeans. We'll go out and when we're doing our Field Check Up Series, we'll take a moisture sample. Now, sometimes the growers will already know the moisture sample, and so we'll discuss, number one, what gas cost it is to dry it, especially with corn, or we'll look at different disease problems. Or if it's had a storm, go through and damage the crop where it could go down, and then determine which ones we need to go through and harvest first. In soybeans, when we determine what the best moisture is to harvest those, what we'll do is do the same thing, is work through each one. And the main thing I'm looking for is a hailstorm or downed beans or even insect pressure. Because once you get, with soybeans, that pod contracting back and forth if it's wet, you could lose the beans, and you may want to get them earlier than later. So, that may be harvesting higher-moisture soybeans.